What Really Happens When You’re The Last Man On Earth

“The Last Man On Earth” betrayed its title in the very first episode.

If you haven’t watched the hilarious Fox show, now in its second season, that’s not really a spoiler. You can tell from any commercial that Will Forte’s character finds out fairly quickly into the series that he is not actually the last living human who survived some sort of massive viral outbreak.

I think “The Last Man On Earth” is the funniest and most creative show on television today. Every week the show surprises me as it adds depth to a seemingly simple premise and creatively increases the stakes for its oddball cast of survivors.

I also appreciate how the show has made the lead character Phil an unapologetic, unlikable jerk. Continue reading

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Life Is A Maze

Today, the 4th of July, we celebrate the true American heroes – The American Gladiators:

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Not to take anything away from the men and women who fight everyday to protect the United States.

I just don’t think the men and women who fought every Sunday morning on syndicated television defending the gladiator arena get enough love.

After all, American Gladiators taught me an important lesson during my youth: Life is a maze.  Continue reading

What Friday Night Lights Gets Right

FNL_S2_DVDFriday Night Lights was a well-respected, Emmy Award Winning drama series that ran for 5 years on NBC. But you might have completely missed it.

During it’s original run it was bumped around the schedule and nearly cancelled multiple times. The show was always a critical darling, but mainstream audiences were slow to catch on.

It’s become one of those shows everyone tells you that you should go binge watch ASAP, like Breaking Bad or The Wire. And rightfully so.

Friday Night Lights is far more than a football show. It’s a realistic drama about a Texas High School coach and the down-to-earth problems his family and team face over the course of a career. It’s gritty, it’s funny, it’s relatable. It’s a pretty great show.

Except for the 2nd Season. The 2nd Season of Friday Night Lights is downright awful. Continue reading

Why Your Life Is Not A Soap Opera

Gl92Every day when my Mom came home from work one thing was certain – she was going to watch her soap opera. Most of the time I watched it with her. 

She was a religious fan of “Guiding Light” for as long as I can remember being alive. She set the VCR every morning and hit play every afternoon. Usually I sat on the floor playing with my wrestling toys as she watched (my own personal soap opera I suppose).

“Guiding Light” – like most soaps – was a pretty crazy show. There was your usual soapy drama – hookups, power plays, murder.

Then it got REAL crazy. People came back from the dead. There were twins with two different fathers. There was even a human clone. (The clone storyline was my favorite.)

My mom watched “Guiding Light” for as long as I can remember. She stuck around to the bitter end as aired its final episode in 2009. I have to admit, I grew pretty attached to the show too.

But I think sometimes we make our lives too much like soap operas.  Continue reading

Is It Wrong To Ignore The “Son Of God”?

Is it wrong that I have no interest in watching “Son Of God”?

The new movie from producer Mark Burnett made over $26 million this weekend playing to faith-based crowds preparing for the Easter season. I was not one of them.

“Son Of God” is basically all of the scenes involving Jesus from 2013’s miniseries “The Bible” compiled into one feature length film. Part of me is just not interested in paying $10 to see rehashed material on the big screen.

Really though, I just don’t see anything for me when I watch the previews for “Son Of God”.

I’ve seen the story of Jesus told this way already. There doesn’t appear to be anything surprising or insightful in it. There are no risks being taken.

Now, I’m basing all this off the trailer and reviews for the film. I could be way off here. Continue reading

A Human’s Lesson From DOGTV

My dog has his own tv channel to watch.

DOGTV is a 24 hour network designed with canines in mind. The programs are set up like a preschool show with humans speaking directly to dogs at home, bright colors beaming out, and stimulating images and noises intended to keep a dog at a play while the owner is away.

Programs on the network include “Relaxation”, “Stimulation”, and “Exposure”

In fact, it’s kind of peaceful just to leave on in the background. “Relaxation” features an hour of waterfalls, lush fields, classical music, and video of sleeping dogs. (Also – that logo. Just perfect.)

If only there were some sort of dog evangelism on Sunday mornings! I just need to be sure my dog is going to Heaven one day…

The DOGTV website has all sorts of scientific and psychological evidence as to why their programming is good for your dog. Sure. I buy all that. I’ll keep turning DOGTV on when I leave the house

But here’s the thing: my dog doesn’t need DOGTV to be happy. A dog needs food and water and rest and adventure.

Audio and visual stimulation while the owner is away helps. I’m sure doggie pedicures and Thundershirts are nice too. They’re just not necessary.

I took my dog to a local dog park last week. He enjoyed it almost as much as I did. He ran all around the perimeter of the park peeing on every inch of the fence and sniffing every tree and leaf. I sat on a bench and journaled in the fresh air and ignored my phone for an hour. Life was perfect.

I think sometimes we lose ourselves in things we don’t need. I used to think I needed every channel on my tv just in case I missed the next great tv show.

Now I kind of think human tv should be more like DOGTV. A little stimulation every day, but more time focusing on relaxation and exposure to the real world.

There’s a billboard in my town for the local cable company. They’re advertising a DVR that lets you record four shows at once while still watching a fifth different show.

If you think you need to record four shows at once while watching another one, you’re watching too much tv. Even a dog could recognize that.

What do you really need to live? What’s something material you think you could not live without? Try giving it up for the afternoon. See what really happens.